Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Sweep the Leg (Death & Co. Recipe)

There's some Karate Kid fans working at Death & Co. for sure. This cocktail uses Japanese whiskey, to tie into the name. But I can't afford the stuff and really I get a kick out of using malted whiskey (and beer whiskey, which is malted) to approximate Japanese whiskey. That malted whiskey is Catoctin Creek Colossal X!

I also loved that this drink includes sherry, orgeat and chocolate bitters. These flavors all come across as deep and tropical, so it is no surprise they end up in this Japanese themed cocktail. 

  • 2 oz. Suntory Hakashu 12-year whiskey (Catoctin Creek Colossal X used)
  • 3/4 oz. orgeat (Fee Brothers used)
  • 1/2 oz. Amontillado sherry
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. orange juice
  • 1/4 oz. acacia honey surp
  • 1 tsp. Luxardo Amaro Abano (a combination of homemade Amer Picon and Don Ciccio and Figli Ambrosia used)
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash of Aztec bitters
  • Garnish: lime wheel, orange crecent, brandied cherry, mint sprig (not pictured)
Combine all liquid ingredients in a shaker with three ice cubes. Short shake and strain into a pilsner glass full of crushed ice. Skewer garnishes on a pick and place on the top of the glass.


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